Manchester City are preparing an ambitious move to re-sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge at the end of the season, [football] direct news understands. The England international left the Etihad Stadium for Chelsea almost five years ago when his contract came to an end, with the Blues receiving a transfer fee determined by tribunal as he was under 24-years-old at the time and the two clubs could not thrash out a deal. He rose to prominence in west London but has reached another level at Anfield, striking up a deadly partnership with talisman Luis Suarez which has fired the Merseyside outfit into the heart of the title race. Sturridge’s club form has seen him become an integral part of the senior England set-up. A source close to City told FDN that ongoing fitness concerns over forwards Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic has left them on the lookout for a prolific goalscorer and Sturridge tops their summer wishlist. The 24-year-old has more than four years remaining on his contract, with talks over an improved deal pencilled in for the end of the campaign. City are likely to find severe resistance from Liverpool if they firm up their interest, and it is also not clear whether Sturridge would entertain the idea of a second spell at the club. Watch Manchester United v Manchester City Tuesday night. 24 hour Sky Sports Day pass for only 9.99. No contract.